MINI PENNY: DIY // Credenza Upgrade

Saturday, September 14, 2013

DIY // Credenza Upgrade

I've been toying with the idea of doing something with this credenza that I picked up from Jinxed Philly back in March. I was stuck between painting it, wholly or partially, or something something totally different.

See the inspiration and how-to after the jump.

Image via OneFortyThree
After perusing a Refinery 29 article about apartment must-haves, I stumbled upon this brand OneFortyThree. I totally fell in love with this piece of furniture (not to mention those lights!) and knew that this was the route that I wanted to go.

My credenza is more of a reddish-color and had ugly wheels on the bottom. One was broken, so i had it propped up with a candle (yes, classy). I removed the wheels and got to work.

What we used:
  • 3/4" Pipe and Flange
  • Self-Etching Primer
  • Green Spray Paint
  • Drill

The first step was deciding height. I only wanted to legs to be about four inches, so I bought 6" pipe. with the intention of cutting off the threading on one end. After cleaning them, I marked all of them at 5".

If you buy these at a Lowe's or Home Depot, they are able to cut a round the edges for you, so no worries if this looks a little out of your reach. Todd and I decided to take them to his shop and DIY it. We cut them on the saw and then rounded the edges.

Once they were all cooled and assembled, we screwed them into a piece of scrap wood for easier painting.

And then the best part — painting! The pipe and flange took really well with one coat of primer and one coast of spray paint. We were also sure to remove the hardware and give it the same green treatment to match. We let them dry over night.

The next morning (before picking up my Uhaul to move, mind you), we flipped the credenza in preparation to put the legs on. I removed the wheels and found that this thing actually had different original legs — so now I'm curious as to what they looked like! You can see the threading from where the old ones had been screwed in. We measured, drilled some holes, and attached the legs. Wha-la.

It fits perfectly in my living room with my new plants and hanging terrarium!

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